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Rest In Peace Jim

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Jan 10:48 am UTC 04/19/22

A year ago, when I heard Jim had died, I couldn't write my RIP message here because it seemed impossible. How does one write briefly about a man who had such a big impact on one's life ever since 1993. Instead of writing a short "RIP JIm" on this message board I listened to the whole catalogue of Jim's music through for the next week after his passing. From the Dream Engine to Braver Than We Are.

So, I write that RIP message now. On the one year anniversary of Jim's death.

In the 80s I mostly listened to heavy metal and hard rock.
I knew what "heavy music" was. But only after seeing the video for 'I'd Do Anything For Love' in 1993 did I discover what "massive music" was: choirs, piano, guitars, numerous instruments, big production, dramatic vocals and lyrics. Like an opera piece in a rock song. Totally new style to me and definately a "Wow. What. Is. This!?" moment. :)

I instantly became a huge fan of Jim's songwriting. Everything else sounded less exciting compared to Steinmusic. The music and the lyrics were just so full of passion and emotion, whether the song was sung by Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Fire Inc, Pandora's Box, etc.

Shortly afterwards I had to buy keyboards because I wanted to be able to play the intro of 'It Just Won't Quit' which I thought was one of greatest melodies ever. Put my guitar in the corner and started to learn Jim's melodies on keyboards instead of guitar riffs.

Then I went to Vienna in 1999 to see 'Tanz Der Vampire' because it was a rare chance for a Steinman fan to hear Jim's music live in a musical. Seen the great Tanz many times afterwards. A perfect setting to enjoy Jim's music live.

Jim's use of words (in songs/interviews) increased my love for English language. The way he used words to describe his thoughts, visions, songs, obsessions with motorcycles and teenagers, Neverland, etc. He's the one who's made me open the dictionary the most ("Infinite victims/Infinitesimal time" etc). :) Jim's interviews were always a treat for me. The humor, the intelligence of the man, the heightened sense of operatic drama of his songs always came through when he was interviewed.

He was the only person in the music world I would have liked to meet and have a chat. The way Jim adored Wagner's music is the way I adore Jim Steinman's music. He truly was a music genre of one. His ability to come up with great melodies is unbelievable to me. He's the only songwriter (in my opinion) who had such a high quality level in the songs he released throughout his whole career. Nobody comes close.

So, a year ago I read that Jim had died. It was a strange feeling. A world without Jim Steinman, the magical wizard who wrote the greatest music in the world.

Still, there will always be his music, which will live on. I'm so glad he got to see the audience reaction to 'Tanz Der Vampire' and finally to 'Bat Out Of Hell' musical.

When listening to 'R'N'R Dreams Come Through' I always sing:
"Steinman blessed us when he gave us those songs."

Jim's songs were truly a gift, golden nuggets, for every Steinman fan.

So, thank you for the music Jim Steinman.
Rest in peace maestro.

-Janne-


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